Business with Business Communication (Top-up) BA (Hons)

business with business communication international student
UCAS Code
N191
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time (top-up), 2 years full-time (top-up)
Start Date
October 2020, January 2021, September 2021

Apply through Clearing

To apply to start this course in 2020 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074, complete this short form (if you already have your results) or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm on Wednesday 12 August, 8.00am–8.00pm on A level results day on Thursday 13 August, 8.00am–7.00pm on Friday 14 August, 9.00am–3.00pm on Saturday 15 August and 8.30am–5.15pm from Monday 17 August.

Overview

You'll learn valuable cross-cultural business communication skills while building on your existing knowledge of business to deal with many of the challenges facing global business managers.

You'll graduate with an understanding of global business and be able to confidently apply the skills and knowledge you've learnt in areas such as business management, finance, recruitment and business development.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

BA (Hons) Business with Business Communication (Top-up) degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • Only those who have previously studied at higher education level should apply. Applicants must have completed 1, 2 or 3 years (depending on academic profile) in Higher Education including some Business subjects.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • For year 2 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5. For year 3 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Qualifications or experience
  • Only those who have previously studied at higher education level should apply. Applicants must have completed 1, 2 or 3 years (depending on academic profile) in Higher Education including some Business subjects.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • For year 2 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5. For year 3 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Join the course at either the year 1 or year 2, depending on the level of your previous studies
  • Benefit from a programme of study that's specifically for non-native English speakers
  • Get all the support you need while living in a new country, from our Global Office
  • Join a community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Business with Business Communication (Top-up) degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in:

  • business development and consultancy
  • recruitment
  • digital marketing
  • publicity
  • financial and risk analysis

What jobs can you do with a Business with Business Communication (Top-up) degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant
  • publicity officer

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.

​The resources here are excellent. Portsmouth Business School is based in a modern building, equipped with large lecture theatres and state-of-the-art computer suites.

Andy Dymond, Business with Business Communication (Top-up)

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Business with Business Communication Top-up degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • Business Accounting for Finance
  • International Business
  • Services Marketing
  • English Language Grade 5
  • Business Communication

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Study Skills
  • Cross Cultural Awareness for Business
  • Business Communication 3
  • English Language Grade 6
  • Strategic Management

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course if you're eligible to work in the UK.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Teaching  

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops and practical sessions

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • practical exercises
  • your choice of independent research

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (October 2020 and January 2021 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in October 2020 or January 2021, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing news and vacancy updates and book a call back on results day.

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – N191
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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